The Bengals are expected to select QB Joe Burrow in April’s NFL Draft, meaning current Cincinnati passer Andy Dalton will likely be traded or released.
Plenty of teams around the league are in the market for a quarterback. Dalton’s an experienced QB, and has performed well given the Bengals’ abysmal roster and front-office. Several teams could be a potential landing spot for the Cincinnati signal-caller.
Adam Rank of NFL.com thinks the Chargers, Colts, Patriots, Buccaneers and Bears should be contacting the Bengals to explore a trade for Dalton.
Each of the five teams haven’t exactly solidified its quarterback situation. The Patriots are in a wait-and-see period as they negotiate with veteran passer Tom Brady. But the Chargers, Colts, Buccaneers and Bears are surely in the market for a quarterback upgrade. The Chargers, in particular, need a quarterback after letting Philip Rivers walk this off-season.
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“The Chargers are squarely looking toward the future, allowing Rivers to walk this off-season after nearly two decades with the organization,” Rank wrote on NFL.com. “So it might seem counterintuitive to make a deal for a 32-year-old quarterback some might consider a journeyman. (Not me. But some.) . . . Dalton gives them credibility and is a more proven QB than [Tyrod] Taylor.”
Andy Dalton could also serve as a place-holder for a team looking ahead to the future. The Bengals quarterback still has a year left on his contract.
A trade for Dalton seems very likely to happen within the next few weeks leading up the 2020 NFL Draft.